Jeanne's Ramblings

Dating Etiquette

Last year I did a review for Peter Pauper Press and I thought I would share a little from one of the items I reviewed since it’s the month of LOVE, a page from….. 

‘The Little Pink Book of Etiquette, by Ruth Cullen’…..

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. -Theodore Roosevelt

Uh, yeah. I’ll call you.
Dating is much like interviewing for a job.  You clean yourself up, put your charming, witty self on display, and then wait for something to happen.  And your good manners can make all the difference when it comes to scoring the job or second date.

The foremost rule of dating concerns cold, hard cash.  As a general rule, the person who asks for the date pays for the date.  Although you may wish to split the bill by choice, as someone else’s date you are not required to do so.

When the date is underway, do not ask for doggie bags, talk about exes, or receive cell phone calls- especially on first dates.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities later in the relationship to ignore your companion and make a pig of yourself. 

Now here’s the tricky part.  Though convenient and tempting, it’s never a good idea to say you’ll call or e-mail when you know you won’t.  When possible, be direct so that you avoid setting false expectations for someone else.  Mature or direct types may have no trouble calling it like they see it:  ‘Though I don’t think we’re a match, Tito, I enjoyed meeting you and wish you all the best.  Buh bye.’  More times than not, however, our actions speak louder than our words.  It may seem rude or cowardly, but when you don’t have the heart to tell someone how you really feel (‘I can’t get past your mullet.’), and you try to spare their feelings by hoping they get the message some other way (you move to Toledo), you’re actually showing them courtesy and respect.

If they don’t read your signals (you’re never home, or you’re very busy, or you have malaria, or the like) then give them time.  If they’re still calling two years later and lurking outside your workplace, then call the police.

I thought this was insightful and funny.  What are your thoughts?  Have you done any of these things before?

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February 11, 2010 Posted by | Peter Pauper Press, Rambling, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Cake Off For A Cause

Join Kelly Ripa and Electrolux to help support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, with Cake Off For A Cause:

Self-proclaimed baking enthusiast, Kelly Ripa, Buddy Valastro, from TLC’s ‘Cake Boss’ and Electrolux are teaming up with a virtual campaign that offers Americans a sweet way to make a difference.

On February 9th, five teams of baking enthusiasts were invited to take part in Kelly’s Cake Off, where they used what they learned from Ripa and the Cake Boss, to decorate their own cakes. We need your help to select the winning cake and support a worthy cause. For every vote cast in the Cake Off, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).

While you are there, get in on the decorating action and send your own masterpiece. Visit Kelly’s Cakery to decorate and send your own special virtual cake to a friend, family member or loved one. For every cake sent, Electrolux will donate another $1 to OCRF.  Plus, to help spread the word, everyone who sends a virtual cake will be automatically entered for a chance to win every baker’s dream: a stylish new Induction Range from Electrolux. The new induction range is perfect for melting chocolate and cooking delicate foods and sauces, more responsive than gas, and eco-friendly, too.

You can also check out top cake decorating tips and videos from Buddy. Even sign up to receive a call from Kelly on your birthday!

Visit Kelly Ripa’s ‘Cakery For a Cause’ to support the fight against Ovarian Cancer.  Also follow Electrolux on Facebook and Twitter or Tweet it yourself with the Hashtag #CakeOff

You can send a cake or vote every day!  It is a hard choice to pick the best cake because they are all so pretty.  Right now Fall For Me is in the lead…

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February 11, 2010 Posted by | Charities, Electrolux, News, Ovarian Cancer, Women | Leave a comment

L’Oreal Lash Boosting System

I have been using the L’Oreal Paris Lash Boosting Power System for about a month now and have mixed reactions.  I like the serum and how it makes my lashes feel but I don’t care for the mascara with the lash boosting primer because it makes my lashes hard and just does not feel good.  These are two new products from L’Oreal Paris, made with fortifying amino acids, panthenol, ceramide, arginine, and centella asiatica, to condition, protect and reinforce lashes.  You can purchase them separately or together at major retailers, they are Opthalmologist tested, and safe for contact wearers and those with sensitive eyes.

L’Oréal Paris® Concentrated Lash Boosting Serum

  • Apply to bare lashes before bedtime for an intensive overnight conditioning boost. Also apply underneath your mascara for all-day benefits
  • For best results, use daily with Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.95

L’Oréal Paris® Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara

  • Step 1: The Lash Boosting Primer, our exclusive serum-infused basecoat, perfectly primes and extends lashes.
  • Step 2: The Ultra-Lengthening Mascara Topcoat instantly lengthens lashes up to 80%
  • Available in Black and Blackest Black
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.95

Both together in a 24-Hour Lash Boosting Power System

  • This starter kit contains both Concentrated Lash Boosting Serum and Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara at a special value price
  • Mascara available in Black
  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.95

Both products were easy to use.  The serum did not irritate my eyes or skin and felt cool after applying.  I did not notice an increase in length or the amount of lashes but they did feel softer and didn’t seem to fall out as much.  The basecoat that comes with the mascara made my lashes hard and I did not care for it at all.  The mascara wasn’t bad but neither seemed to make my lashes appear longer or fuller.  There was some clumps like most mascaras I have used, but it coated/covered pretty good and lasted all day.  It was easy to remove also.  I would recommend the Lash Boosting Serum but not the Mascara.  After four weeks of use L’Oreal gives these statistics:

  • 71% –seems to have more lashes
  • 75% –lashes seem thicker
  • 78% –less lash loss during makeup removal
  • 81% –lashes seem to be in better condition

I would agree with the lashes being in better condition and less lash loss, but I didn’t experience more or thicker lashes.  Maybe other people will have different results, which you can view on the L’Oreal website.

‘I received samples and information from BZZ Agent on behalf of  L’Oreal to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 11, 2010 Posted by | BZZ Agent, Cosmetics, LOreal, Personal Care, review, Women | Leave a comment